Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Retro Video of the Week: "Wildside" by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch

This Saturday marks one of the most important anniversaries in pop culture history:  the 1991 release of Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch's debut album, Music for the People.  Before then, chances are you had no idea Donnie from the New Kids on the Block had a younger brother.  Since then, you might not even know that Mark Wahlberg's older brother was in the New Kids on the Block.  Soon enough, he would be finger banging Reese Witherspoon on a roller coaster, tattooing "Nicole 4 Eva" into his chest, and taunting "Mistah Walkah," and we quickly forgot that Mark Wahlberg and Marky Mark were, in fact, one in the same.

You probably assumed I was going to go with "Good Vibrations," which is easily the group's most recognizable song.  I would have, if there was a suitable version of the video on YouTube, but somehow, there isn't.  Thus, I went with "Wildside," which is no slouch, hitting #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It's a tale of drug abuse, gun violence, and street life, set to Lou Reed's transgender classic, "Wild Side." Marky Mark wears a White Sox hat and sometimes a shirt.

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